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SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Three students were honored for their academics, leadership, and activities.

Every spring, students from each SUNY campus are awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, recognized for their academic excellence coupled with leadership, community service, athletics, campus involvement or career development, among others.

Yesterday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY,  the 2017 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence ceremony took place. 

Jennifer Shingelo, assistant dean, students and enrollment for the School of the Arts accompanied the students at the event.

Following are this year’s recipients from Purchase:

Natalie Black
Queens, NY
Arts Management

Natalie Black has maintained a spot on the Dean’s List for three consecutive years. In addition she was co-captain of the Purchase Step Team. She enjoys mathematics, performing arts, and self-expressive courses. Her passion for music has led her to perform as a singer-songwriter for both her church and on campus. In addition, Black has volunteered in her church community, and on campus for the Great Potential Program, an EOP panel on study tips and guides.

Sarah Goldstein
Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Goldstein has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester at Purchase. She has divided most of her time between developing research experiments and working at Footsteps, a nonprofit located in downtown Manhattan that assists and reaffirms formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. As vice president of the Psychology Club, she has helped grow the budget from $50 to over $1,000, while getting students excited about psychology. She won the Outstanding Junior in Psychology award and became a mentor in bystander intervention, teaching incoming students how to respond in situations of crisis.

Emily Tatham 
Olathe, KS

Graduating from the Conservatory of Dance at the top of her class, Emily Tatham will receive a BFA from Purchase College in May. She enjoyed additional study at Codarts University in the Netherlands. As an ambassador for JUNTOS Collective, Tatham has traveled throughout Central America to build community through dance performance and instruction. Tatham has represented the Conservatory of Dance in high profile events with guest artists Joanna Gleason and Pig Iron Theatre Company. 


“It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher.

“Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award,” she adds.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize S.U.N.Y students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.